The school board discussed upgrades — from emergency lighting to payroll processing — at their work session last week.
Irene Navarro and Charlotte “Jane” Kava are running unopposed for re-election. Aurora Johnson faces competition from Annabelle Cunningham, and Sherman Richard challenges Reggie Barr.
Nome’s City Council heard of a $1 million budget surplus alongside claims the city was facilitating an alleged “fraudulent election” this coming Tuesday.
Nome Public Schools is again hoping a donation of of $150,000 from Sitnasuak Native Corporation will fund JROTC; if that doesn’t happen, the district may be forced to eliminate the program.
The city approved the district’s full local budget request – even adding extra funds for an early childhood education teacher.
Nome property taxes will drop from 12 to 11 mills as the city council ratifies an $11.3 million budget for the coming year.
Alongside an amicable meeting with Nome Public Schools, the city council on Monday agreed to spend roughly $420,000 to add full-building humidification to the planned Richard Foster Building.
In order to balance their $14.3 million budget, Nome Schools will remove 5 full-time positions and dip $303,000 into fund balance. They continue to look for cost saving measures.
Anticipating a tremendous loss in state funding, Nome Public Schools expects to make difficult cuts over the next several years.
“Next year is going to be a bad year, but it’s going to be the best year of all the bad years to come,” said Nome School Superintendent Shawn Arnold.